UK DJ / Producer / Remixer and all-round studio boffin, known to his mates as Raj Gupta, is definitely not a new boy on the Disco Dance scene. He landed his first 12” Number One in ’96 on Noid Recordings gaining widespread support in the clubs and on compilations. Over Twenty years on it’s still a much sought after underground classic.
He launched his own label Mangled in ’98 with a slew of killer 12-inches. Two albums followed: ‘Mangled’ (Eskimo) and ‘Mangled Again’ on his own imprint, as well as singles on R&S, Smash Hit and Bear Funk. Recent hits include ‘Bullet Proof’ on DFA featuring Lady Miss Kier, a disco-house reimagining of a P-funk classic; and the blissed-out Balearic gem ‘Look Into My Eyes’ which instantly became a firm favourite for many.
His many talents as a musician and producer have driven a wealth of collaborations: in bands Block 16 and Motif on seminal ’90s label Nuphonic; as Laj with the Idjut Boys on U-Star, or with Quakerman on their own Fiasco imprint; and with close musical acquaintances The Glimmers, Foolish Felix, Lee Tong and Nathan D’Troit. More recently Ray has teamed up with Bill Brewster to form Mang Dynasty. In all his guises Ray Mang is one of the most prolific contributors to the UK disco/house canon.
As a remixer his phone never stops ringing. He’s notched up credits for Lassigue Bendthaus, Banda Black Rio, Gorillaz, Shirley Bassey, Grand National, Beck, Roxy Music / Bryan Ferry, Doves, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Freddie Mercury, Bloc Party, Munk, Rob Garza, Friendly Fires, Classixx, S-Express, Daniel Grau & Los Amigos Invisibles with Dimitri From Paris to name just a few.
And then there are his incendiary DJ sets which blend house, disco, boogie, cosmic, Balearic, latin, afro, along with anything that takes his fancy and sneak previews of his own forthcoming monsters. He’s made a name for himself as a globetrotting DJ playing clubs and festivals all over the planet. Recent trips have taken him to Brazil, USA, Bali, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Croatia, Ibiza and all over Europe. He has also become a regular at festivals like Electric Elephant, Festival No 6, Campo Sancho and Mareh & O/NDA in Brazil.
Ray’s back in the studio now finishing some new material as well as some exciting collaborations. Watch out for the Ray Mang Versions of Mozez – Run River out on Mangled, Ray’s tracks Batidas De Paixao and CC Amor on Brazilian label Barefoot Beats, a 12” of special versions of tracks from the last Los Amigos Invisibles on Apersonal…. and remixes for The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Hifi Sean feat. Bootsy Collins, Alien Alien, Soul Clap Feat Nona Hendrix, Martin Brodin and many more……